Our Veterinary Team

LeadER Animal Specialty Hospital in Cooper City has been providing exceptional, specialized veterinary care since 1994. LeadER is made up of fourteen doctors of veterinary medicine, including eight board-certified specialists in the areas of cardiology, surgery, oncology, anesthesia, emergency/critical care, internal medicine and dermatology.   

                       

Our staff consists of the most experienced and dedicated veterinary nurses, assistants and client service representatives available. LeadER's critical care and specialty nurses are second to none in their compassion and dedication.  Our veterinary assistants perform a myriad of duties and assist the nurses and veterinarians with treatments. They, along with the nurses are the caregivers, walking, feeding, talking to, and playing with the hospitalized animals.  LeadER's friendly client service representatives will walk you through the process of admitting your pet, and will make every effort to answer your questions, while putting your mind at ease.

Our Board Certified Specialists

Jason E. Horgan, DVM, DACVS, DACVECC, Medical Director

Diplomate, ACVS (Surgery), Diplomate, ACVECC (Emergency & Critical Care Services)

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Marcos Unis, DVM, MS, DACVS

Diplomate, ACVS (Surgery)

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Armando Villamil, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Diplomate, ACVIM (Oncology)

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Daniel T. Boruta DVM, DACVAA

Diplomate, ACVAA (Anesthesiology)

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Lucia Alvarez, DVM, DACVIM

Diplomate, ACVIM (Internal Medicine)

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Nick A. Schroeder, DVM, DACVIM

Diplomate, ACVIM (Cardiology)

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Our Emergency & Critical Care Team

Led by Jason E. Horgan, DVM, DACVECC (Emergency & Critical Care), DACVS (Surgery), Medical Director

Karen Marin, DVM
Practice Limited to Surgery & Critical Care Services

Dr. Marin dreamed of becoming a veterinarian for as long as she can remember. She originates from Brooklyn, New York and is of Ecuadorian heritage. She completed her Bachelors degree in Animal Science and Biology at Cornell University. She attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the beautiful island of St.Kitts and completed her clinical training at Purdue University. She completed a rotating internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in New Jersey and a surgical internship at VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital. Dr. Marin has a strong interest in surgery, radiology and emergency medicine. She is very excited to begin her residency journey to become a board certified surgeon.

In her free time, she enjoys scuba diving, dancing and traveling. She also has a passion for learning different languages. She is fluent in Spanish and conversationally fluent in Quechua, a language with Incan ancestry spoken in South America. Her next goal is to become fluent in Portuguese. She is very excited to be in Florida and to be a part of LeadER Animal Specialty Hospital!"



Raz Peress, MVDr
Practice Limited to Surgery & Critical Care Services

Born in Israel, Dr. Peress moved to the U.S. where he received his B.S. in Biology from Florida International University. He then continued his education at the Veterinary University in the Czech Republic where he met his wife and later graduated. While in school, he participated in an Externship in Fes, Morocco at the American Fondouk Clinic. After graduating he returned to Israel to practice and become the Medical Manager of the only 24 hour clinic in Jerusalem, Israel. While working there, he developed a special interest in surgery. He recently completed a General Rotating Internship at Hollywood Animal Hospital and his goal is to be board certified in Surgery. In his free time he enjoys rock climbing, surfing, painting, and the occasional snowboarding. He has two pets which have been adopted "in the line of duty", a homeless dog with a broken leg "Barak" and a street cat with a paralyzed leg "Nelly".

Sagen Woolery, DVM
Practice Limited to Surgery & Critical Care Services

Dr. Sagen Woolery was born and raised in middle Georgia. Keeping with her southern roots, she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Mississippi University for Women in 2011, and her DVM from Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Dr. Woolery has worked exclusively as an attending emergency clinician since graduation. Her professional interests include; soft tissue surgery, critical hospitalized cases, pain management, and geriatrics. Dr. Woolery is excited to transition from the ER and into the OR as she continues her journey to surgical board certification.

 

She enjoys traveling, playing tennis, water sports, volunteering with international veterinary outreach programs, and spending as much time as possible with friends and family. Dr. Woolery lives in Boca Raton, FL and has two kitty cats (Kitako and Puck) and one precious little Pomeranian (Poppy seed).

Sebastian Mejia, DVM
Practice Limited to Surgery & Critical Care Services

Dr. Mejia was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, where he also graduated veterinary school. After moving to Southern California in 2010, Dr. Mejia worked at a specialty hospital as a lead small animal surgery technician while homologating his doctor of veterinary medicine title through the educational commission for foreign veterinary graduates (ECFVG). During this time he developed a love for surgery.

 

Dr. Mejia completed a rotating internship at the Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura, CA, followed by a surgical internship at VCA ARECA in Mesa, AZ. He then pursued a 2 year clinical research internship in orthopedics and surgical oncology at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Dr. Mejia has published multiple peer reviewed articles and has a passion for research and the advancement of small animal surgery. Among his hobbies are competitive shooting, snorkeling, mountain biking, working out and spending time with his two Boerboels (Bru and Kaya) and his cat (Dr. Gonzo).

Jacklyn Johns, DVM
Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Medicine

Dr. Jacklyn Johns was born and raised in South Florida. She worked as a veterinary technician while attending Florida Atlantic University, where she graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Biology. Dr. Johns obtained her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from St. Matthew's University. Her clinical training was at the University of Pennsylvania. She held various leadership positions in organizations, including the Student Chapter of the American Animal Hospital Association, Student Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, and American Veterinary Medical Association. Additionally, she obtained the Dean's Award and Pfizer Small Animal Medicine Senior Excellence Award. Dr. Johns completed an internship at the prestigious Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. Since that time, she has been working as an emergency clinician. Her primary interests include emergency medicine, critical care and surgery. When Dr. Johns is not practicing veterinary medicine, she loves spending time with her family and traveling.

Clay Phillips, DVM
Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Medicine

Originally from Georgia, Dr. Phillips attended the University of Georgia for an undergraduate Biology Degree and then on to Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.He worked in the Atlanta area doing emergency medicine for over 6 years.Dr. Phillips interests include Emergency Medicine, Advanced Imaging – Abdominal Ultrasounds and Echocardiograms as well as Blood Transfusion Medicine. He moved to South Florida in 2018 with his wife, daughter 2 dogs and 2 cats.


Kate Spahn, DVM, ER Service Chief
Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Medicine

Dr. Spahn was born and raised in Central Florida. Prior to attending veterinary school at the University of Florida, she was a certified veterinary technician for 4 years and then majored in biology at the University of Central Florida. During veterinary school, she developed a strong interest in ophthalmology, as well as critical care cases. She completed a one year small animal medicine and surgery internship in San Antonio, TX, followed by a one year internship at an ophthalmology specialty practice in Miami, FL. Dr. Spahn decided to remain in Florida to pursue a career in emergency and critical care and to stay close to her family and loved ones.

Dr. Spahn is a true adventurer, enjoying all outdoor activities, including scuba diving, kayaking, white water rafting, skydiving, and motocross. From climbing Machu Picchu in Peru to mountain biking the Death Road in Bolivia to up-close encounters with grizzlies in Alaska, she is always up for a challenge both in her personal adventures and professionally. When it is time to relax at home, Dr. Spahn looks forward to coming home to her 8-yr-old black lab, Cordi, to cuddle and play fetch.

Russell Miller, DVM
Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Medicine

Dr. Miller joined the LeadER team in 2018. 

Elizabeth Rosainz, DVM
Practice Limited to Emergency & Critical Care Medicine

Dr. Rosainz obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree at Florida International University in May 2005.  Later that year, after her own dog was injured following Hurricane Wilma, she renewed her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian.  She completed course work in biology for two years at FIU and began veterinary school at St. George’s University in Grenada in 2008.  After one year studying in the Caribbean she transferred to Oklahoma State University and received her DVM degree in May 2012.

Dr. Rosainz completed a 13 month internship at Hollywood Animal Hospital in small animal medicine, general practice, surgery and emergency medicine.  Her main areas of interest include small animal medicine, ophthalmology, soft tissue surgery, and emergency medicine.

 

Vanessa, Inventory & Billing Specialist
Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)

 

Vanessa originates from Queens,New York where she graduated from LaGuardia Community College with A.A.S in Veterinary Technology in 2003. She's been an L.V.T for almost 14 years with experience in general practice, ICU, oncology and surgery. She moved down to Florida in 2009 and has been working at the hospital since then and has worked in Oncology and ICU as well as doing the inventory for the practice.  Her love for animals started at the age of 5 years old and has had that love and compassion for them ever since. Her 4 year old daughter, Isabella seems to now emulate her in that love for animals as well. She has 2 cats named Emma and Leo and enjoys spending time at the beach with her daughter.

 

Yoli
Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)

Yoli graduated from LaGuardia Community College in New York with an AAS in Veterinary Science Technology and is a Licensed  Veterinary Technician.  She began working at LeadER Animal Specialty Hospital in 1998.  After a few years of working during the day in our general/specialty practice, she joined the ER/Critical Care department.  Yoli enjoys working alongside our doctors and dealing with the challenge of nursing our most complicated cases.  Seeing her patients recover and return home to their families gives her great satisfaction.  She is a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).  When she is not at work, Yoli enjoys spending time with her two sons, her dog and her tortoises. 

Chris, Sr. Lead Technician
Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Chris was born and raided in south Florida. Both of his parents are from Lima, Peru. Chris received his associates in science in veterinary technology from Miami Dade college in 2006 and has been in our ICU since 2005. Chris is happily married with 2 young boys. He also has a Chihuahua named brainy and a cat named Mae Mae.


Deanna
Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), Medical Lab Technician (MLT)

Deanna originates from a small town outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her family moved to Ohio where she attended the Columbus State Community College Veterinary Technology program (which was conducted with the Ohio State Veterinary School) in 1988-1989. She moved down to Florida in 1990 and has been working as a CVT since. In 2000, she furthered her education in laboratory medicine, graduating in 2000 with her MLT license. .She has been at Leader Animal specialty since 2010, where she oversees the laboratory and works to fill in for the general practice and emergency services. Deanna has a sincere understanding of our feline friends –she has 7 indoor and spoiled kitties of her own, but also works as our Radioiodine Nurse where she takes care of our I131 patients. On her off time, she enjoys riding motorcycles and spending time at home with her boyfriend and their family.

Melissa, Lead Technician
Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)

Melissa is originally from Queens, New York.  She received her AAS in Veterinary Science Technology from SUNY Farmindale in 1992 and is a Licensed Veterinary Technician.  She has been working at LeadER Animal Specialty Hospital since she moved to Florida in 1995.  For the first six years, she rotated through the general and specialty practice and was also ICU supervisor.  In 2001 she started working in the ER/Critical Care Department.  Melissa attends continuing education courses to keep current on the newest trends in veterinary medicine and is also a member of NAVTA (National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America) and FVTA (Florida Veterinary Technician Association).  When she is not busy in the ER/ICU, Melissa is busy at home with two kids, 5 dogs, and a bearded dragon.

Judy
Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Judy is originally from Kokomo, Indiana, but now calls Okeechobee, Florida her home.  In 1987 she received her AAS degree in Veterinary Technology from BRCC in Virginia.  She has been working at LeadER Animal Specialty Hospital since 2002.  Prior to joining LeadER she worked at other Specialty Hospitals along the East Coast.  She enjoyed moving every few years due to her husband being in the military.  She is a member of the NAVTA and FVTA.  Judy has always had a love for animals and couldn't think of a better job to be able to help them.  On her off time, she enjoys bass fishing tournaments with her husband, and spending time with her large family of cats, dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits, bird, turtles and fish. 

Adriana
Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Adriana joined the LeadER team in 2018. 

Alexandria
Assistant

Alexandria joined the LeadER team in 2019. 

Amanda
Assistant

Amanda joined the LeadER team in 2019. 

Amara, Lead Technician
Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)

Amara joined the LeadER team in 2017.  

Ana-Victoria
Assistant

Asha
Technician

Asha joined the LeadER team in 2019. 

Christy
Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Christy joined the LeadER team in 2018. 

Deanna
Assistant

Deanna joined the LeadER team in 2019. 

Debora
Assistant

Deborah joined the LeadER team in 2018. 

Delilah
Technician

Delilah joined the LeadER team in 2019. 

Dennis
Assistant

Dennis joined the LeadER team in 2019. 

Elizabeth
Lead Technician

Elizabeth joined our team in 2017. 

Eneida
Assistant

Eneida has been part of our team since 1993.  She assists our doctors and technicians in caring for their patients.  Cleaning, keeping our ICU well stocked, holding patients for exams, x-rays, blood work and procedures, walking the dogs and giving love to every patient are just some of her responsibilities.  At home, Eneida has two sons, birds, dogs, cats, reptiles and takes care of the neighborhood ducks.

Erik
Assistant

Erik joined the LeadER team in 2019. 

Jasnaid
Assistant

Jasnaid joined the LeadER team in 2018. 

Jason
Technician

Jason joined the LeadER team in 2019.

Jennifer
Assistant

Jennifer joined the LeadER team in 2017. 

Jeremy, Lead Technician
Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Jeremy has been in the veterinary industry since 2008 and has been a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) since 2013. He received his veterinary technician degree from St. Petersburg College in 2012 and a business and sports management degree from Dakota Wesleyan University in 2006. His vast veterinary experience includes exotic animal medicine, general practice medicine, emergency medicine, surgery and anesthesia and shelter medicine. He is originally from South Dakota and moved to Florida in 2006 to get away from the snow and cold weather. He is an avid supporter of pitbull type dogs (pibbles), animal rescues and shelters, and operates a guinea pig rescue called Crazy Cavies Guinea Pig Rescue on his days off from the hospital. His zoo at home includes several cats and dogs, many of whom are paralyzed or have birth deformities. Outside of work he loves to spend time motorcycle riding and spending time with his family.

Jill
Technician

Jill joined the LeadER team in 2019. 

Karlo
Technician

Karlo joined the LeadER team in 2019. 

Kimberly
Technician

Kimberly joined the LeadER team in 2019. 

Lisa
Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Lisa rejoined the LeadER team in 2018. 

Marlee
Technician

Marlee joined our team in 2017. 

Rochelle
Technician

 

Rochelle was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. She attended LaGuradia Community College where she received her degree in Veterinary Technology. Rochelle has a beautiful  daughter named Raevyn.  She also has a fur baby named Pupalina.  She works at LeadER as a Triage nurse helping save lives and living her dream.

 

Roxanne
Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Roxanne joined our team in 2017

Sabrina
Technician

Sabrina Joined the LeadER team in 2019. 

Selena
Assistant

Selena joined the LeadER team in 2019. 

Summer
Lead Technician

Summer joined the LeadER team in 2018. 

Tiffany
Technician

Tiffany joined the LeadER team in 2019. 

Valeri
Technician

Valeri joined the LeadER team in 2019. 

Our Cardiology Team

Led by Nick A. Schroeder, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Diana
Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Diana was born in Colombia, moved to Florida in 1994.  She became a CVT (Certified Veterinary Technician) from Penn Foster college in 2012 and has been at LeadER Animal Specialty Hospital since 2004 in the cardiology department.  Her favorite interests are assisting Dr. Schroeder during invasive cardiology procedures such as pacemaker implantation and thoracotomy for patent ductus arteriosus ligation and subtotal pericardectomy.  She loves making her clients and patients feel warm and welcomed as if they were her own family.

Edgar
Veterinary Technician

Edgar was born in Florida and has been working in LeadER Animal Specialty Hospital's ICU and emergency services since 2010.  He joined the Cardiology Department in December 2014 and has enjoyed every educational moment of it.  He is currently attending college and working towards a degree in Marine Biology.  Some of his interests include jogging and painting as well as spending time with his two cats.

Our Surgery Team

Led by Jason E. Horgan, DVM, DACVS (Surgery), DACVECC (Emergency & Critical Care), Medical Director

Karen Marin, DVM
Practice Limited to Surgery & Critical Care Services

Dr. Marin dreamed of becoming a veterinarian for as long as she can remember. She originates from Brooklyn, New York and is of Ecuadorian heritage. She completed her Bachelors degree in Animal Science and Biology at Cornell University. She attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the beautiful island of St.Kitts and completed her clinical training at Purdue University. She completed a rotating internship at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in New Jersey and a surgical internship at VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital. Dr. Marin has a strong interest in surgery, radiology and emergency medicine. She is very excited to begin her residency journey to become a board certified surgeon.

In her free time, she enjoys scuba diving, dancing and traveling. She also has a passion for learning different languages. She is fluent in Spanish and conversationally fluent in Quechua, a language with Incan ancestry spoken in South America. Her next goal is to become fluent in Portuguese. She is very excited to be in Florida and to be a part of LeadER Animal Specialty Hospital!"



Raz Peress, MVDr
Practice Limited to Surgery & Critical Care Services

Born in Israel, Dr. Peress moved to the U.S. where he received his B.S. in Biology from Florida International University. He then continued his education at the Veterinary University in the Czech Republic where he met his wife and later graduated. While in school, he participated in an Externship in Fes, Morocco at the American Fondouk Clinic. After graduating he returned to Israel to practice and become the Medical Manager of the only 24 hour clinic in Jerusalem, Israel. While working there, he developed a special interest in surgery. He recently completed a General Rotating Internship at Hollywood Animal Hospital and his goal is to be board certified in Surgery. In his free time he enjoys rock climbing, surfing, painting, and the occasional snowboarding. He has two pets which have been adopted "in the line of duty", a homeless dog with a broken leg "Barak" and a street cat with a paralyzed leg "Nelly".

Sagen Woolery, DVM
Practice Limited to Surgery & Critical Care Services

Dr. Sagen Woolery was born and raised in middle Georgia. Keeping with her southern roots, she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Mississippi University for Women in 2011, and her DVM from Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Dr. Woolery has worked exclusively as an attending emergency clinician since graduation. Her professional interests include; soft tissue surgery, critical hospitalized cases, pain management, and geriatrics. Dr. Woolery is excited to transition from the ER and into the OR as she continues her journey to surgical board certification.

 

She enjoys traveling, playing tennis, water sports, volunteering with international veterinary outreach programs, and spending as much time as possible with friends and family. Dr. Woolery lives in Boca Raton, FL and has two kitty cats (Kitako and Puck) and one precious little Pomeranian (Poppy seed).

Sebastian Mejia, DVM
Practice Limited to Surgery & Critical Care Services

Dr. Mejia was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, where he also graduated veterinary school. After moving to Southern California in 2010, Dr. Mejia worked at a specialty hospital as a lead small animal surgery technician while homologating his doctor of veterinary medicine title through the educational commission for foreign veterinary graduates (ECFVG). During this time he developed a love for surgery.

 

Dr. Mejia completed a rotating internship at the Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura, CA, followed by a surgical internship at VCA ARECA in Mesa, AZ. He then pursued a 2 year clinical research internship in orthopedics and surgical oncology at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Dr. Mejia has published multiple peer reviewed articles and has a passion for research and the advancement of small animal surgery. Among his hobbies are competitive shooting, snorkeling, mountain biking, working out and spending time with his two Boerboels (Bru and Kaya) and his cat (Dr. Gonzo).

Liz
Surgery Technician Supervisor

 

Liz's original career path did not involve working with animals, she graduated from FIU with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. It was at 25 that Liz changed her career path. She began to volunteer at local shelters and decided that working with animals. With on the job training Liz quickly became a well versed technician, she has experience with emergency/ critical care but her passion lies within surgery. Liz currently is working on her certification but has been in the field for over 5 years. On her days off she enjoys kayaking, going to the beach, working out and spending time with family. Liz has three dogs, two pit bulls named Bella and Maya, and a beagle named Pebbles.

 

Misti
Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

Misti Reyes, CVT graduated with honors from the Veterinary Technician program at Yakima Valley Community College in 2007. She worked at a busy general practice in the Tri-Cities, Washington for 5 years prior to moving to Florida. She joined the LeadER Surgery department in 2012. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and their 2 cats.


Chelsea
Technician

Chelsea joined the LeadER team in 2019. 

Erika
Technician

Erin
Assistant

Erin joined the LeadER team in 2019. 

Faith
Assistant

Faith joined the LeadER team in 2019. 

Haley
Technician

Haley joined our team in 2017. 

John
Technician

Kellie
Assistant

Kellie started working at LeadER back in 2006.  It was always a dream of hers to work with animals.  She is married with 7 children and 12 grandchildren.  Kellie has 2 dogs, loves hockey, baseball and doing arts and crafts. 

Vicky
Technician

Vicky joined our team in 2017. 

Our Internal Medicine Team

Led by Lucia Alvarez, DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine)

Gina
Technician

Gina joined our team in 2018. 

Mio
Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT)

 

Mio recieved her CVT license from Miami-Dade College Medical Center in 2009. She started working in specialty medicine as an ICU nurse, where she found a true interest for Emergency and Critical Care. While supporting other departments such as Internal Medicine, Surgery, Oncology and Neurology, she decided to expand her knowledge as an Internal Medicine nurse. After dedicating 8 years of her veterinary profession to critical care in ICU, she enjoys each educational moment as Dr. Lucia Alvarez' IM nurse.


 

Our Oncology Team

Led by Armando Villamil, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Our Support Team

Darryl
Practice Manager

Darryl grew up in the Midwest graduating in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics. Upon graduating from college, Darryl started his career in Washington, D.C. managing a Congressional Office for a U.S. Congressman and later went on to manage and produce 2 Emmy award winning television shows (The McLaughlin Group & McLaughlin One on One) with the late John McLaughlin. Darryl also was the Director of the International Summit of Young Technology Leaders, an educational organization that brought technology leaders and high achieving high school students together.  In 2002, Darryl moved to south Florida to begin his career consulting and managing several large veterinary practices and directing 2 non-profit animal aide groups.  Darryl joined the LeadER team in February of 2016.

Darryl is married and has 4 small dogs(Little Ricky [pictured], Lucy, Ethel & Wilfred).

Heather
Practice Manager, Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)


Heather Midcap LVT has worked in the veterinary field for over 20 years, gaining experience in all areas of a veterinary practice. Aside from her many years of ER/ICU experience, Heather ran her hospitals Internal Medicine department for 3 years until she was promoted to Practice manager in 2010. Heather decided to join the Heska Corporation in 2011 where she provided training on diagnostic lab equipment and products to veterinary hospitals across the south east. During her time at Heska she also worked as the weekend Practice Manager at an Animal Emergency and Specialty Hospital on the west coast of Florida. Heather has also served as a consultant for local veterinarians requesting her advice pertaining to technical matters. We are proud to now call her our Practice Manager. She passionately believes in our mission to provide the highest quality of patient care in a compassionate environment that provides exceptional client service and education. Heather is married to her husband John and together they have 2 children Summer (19) and Taylor (16), they have 3 dogs, (Bruiser, Maui and Apollo) and 2 cats (Versaci and Yeezy).

Renee
Assistant Practice Manager/Client Liaison

Renee was born and raised in Denver Colorado. She moved to south Florida in 1982 and began a 23 year career in real estate. Renee always had a special love and compassion for animals and always wanted to work in the veterinary field.

In 2007 Renee decided it was finally time to do something she had always loved and took a veterinary assistant course. Upon completing the course she began her career with LeadER Animal Specialty Hospital. Renee spent her first year working in our laboratory department and soon realized with her excellent customer service skills and her love and compassion for animals she wanted to join our client service team as one of our receptionists. In 2013 Renee also began working on our social media Facebook page. In 2016, after over 8 years working with LeadER Renee is now our Assistant Practice Manager/Client Liason and Social Media Manager.

In her spare time there is nothing more Renee would rather be doing than spending time with her family, which includes four, four legged children, Maximus, Sophia, Bunny and Angel.

Bobbie
Front Desk Supervisor

Bobbi is originally from Durban, South Africa. She graduated from the University of Natal, Durban with a Bachelor of Social Science and majors in Industrial Labor Studies and Sociology. Bobbi has travelled the USA and internationally and has enjoyed many multicultural experiences. She loves being a wife and mom to two children, two dogs and four cats. With a passion for animals Bobbi started in the veterinary field here at LeadER Animal Specialty Hospital in 2006. She loves helping clients and ensuring all patients well-being.

Aimee
Bookkeeper

Aimee Griswold was born in Miami, Florida. She has been working in the bookeeping, administration, and accounting field for several large companies for the last 16 years. In August of 2007 she joined LeadER Animal Specialty Hosptial as the bookkeeper.

Alea
Discharge Technician

Alea joined our team in 2018. 

Amanda
Client Service Representative

Amanda joined the LeadER team in 2019. 

Beatriz
Client Service Representative

Beatriz joined the LeadER team in 2018. 

Bernadette
Client Service Representative

Bernadette joined the LeadER team in 2018. 

Brittany
Client Service Representative

Brittany joined the LeadER team in 2018. 

Christina
Client Service Representative

Christina joined the LeadER team in 2019. 

Claudia
Client Service Representative

Claudia joined the LeadER team in 2019. 

Crystal
Client Service Representative

Crystal joined the LeadER team in 2019. 

Daniella
Client Service Representative

Daniella joined the LeadER team in 2018. 

Dhaixa
Client Service Representative

Dhaixa grew up in Miami and moved to Broward earlier this year. She began working in the veterinary field 4 years ago and cannot imagine herself doing anything else. During her free time she enjoys dancing and the beach and of course spending time with her dog, Gorda and 3 cats Buddha, Lana and Cricket.


Dinelle
Client Service Representative

Since the age of five years old, I’ve wanted to work with animals. One of my defining moments was watching “Flipper” the series as a kid. It made me realize my love for all animals and how I wanted to do my best to help them. From a young age, I realized that they are innocent creatures that need our help and protection, majority of the time from our own species since humans are the ones that inflict the most damage to them.

From then up until now my drive to help those who can’t help themselves has only strengthened. I have been working with animals for over ten years. It brings me great joy to see all the animals that come into the animal hospitals I’ve worked at sick; and leave feeling better—on their road to recovery.

Guy
Maintenance

Jazmin
Client Services Representative

Jazmin joined the LeadER team in 2018. 

Jennifer
Client Service Representative

Jennifer joined the LeadER team in 2019. 

Jill
Client Service Representative

Karen
Client Service Representative

Karen joined our team in 2017. 

Katherine
Client Service Representative

Katherine joined the LeadER team in 2019. 

Lisa
Client Liaison

Lisa joined the LeadER team in 2019. 

Randi
Client Services

Randi joined the LeadER team in 2018. 

Samuel
Inventory & Billing Specialist

 

Sam started working at LeadER right after high school. He became an ICU assistant in October 2016 and Inventory Specialist in 2018. Sam hopes to one day be a technician and build experience in all departments. He has a 9 year old furbaby at home which he adopted through the Dachshund Rescue of South Florida. He appreciates long walks on the beach and owners who bring in donuts.

 

Sarah
Client Services

Sarah joined the LeadER team in 2019. 

Savannah
Client Service Representative

Savannah joined our team in 2016. 

Stephanie
Inventory & Billing Specialist

Stephanie was born and raised in South Florida. Upon receiving her first Bachelor’s degree in accounting she was bitten by the medical bug and opted to change her course of study. She moved away from South Florida and obtained her second Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry with a minor and Criminal Justice. She is currently working on her M.D/Ph.d and lives with her husband and two fur babies in Hollywood.

Tammi
Bookkeeper